Chinese state media have attacked the popular historical palace dramas for their extravagance and “negative influence on society” and some have subsequently been taken down from TV channels.
The series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, which features Empress Ulanara, has been replaced by a reality show. Newspapers attacked the “sins” of these palace dramas and claimed they encourage viewers to pursue glamorous lifestyles above “virtues of frugality and hard work.”
The Story of Yanxi Palace was also singled out as worsening the “balance” of society, despite having broken all viewing records since it was released last summer. It has over 5 billion views via Chinese streaming services and was the most googled TV show on earth. State-run Beijing Daily published an editorial on 25 January criticising the show for being “incompatible with the core values of socialism”.